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Old 04-01-2016, 02:48 PM   #1
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Where did my mail go?

I have more trouble with the post office trying to hold my mail when on a trip of more than 30 days. Hoe do you all handle this problem?
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Old 04-01-2016, 02:57 PM   #2
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Agreed!!! When I heard they were considering eliminating Saturday delivery, I said "I wish I got mail ONE day a month!!"

You can go online and do a 'Hold Mail'. But you MUST guess the end date (restart mail date) correctly. And like you say, 30 days is the max. And they WILL deliver on that date, it can't be extended. I just ran into this. My online prescriptions sat tied to my mailbox with a rubber band, in a cardboard box, for 3 days in the rain!

I gave up and went and got a Private Mail Box. They are at most shipping stores, UPS stores, and the like. 1/3 the price of a US Post Office Box, and they accept FedEx and UPS box deliveries. They will put your overflow mail that doesn't fit in a separate box for you, and hold it till you come in, however long that is!!

I just started it, and haven't changed a lot of my addressing yet, but so far, so good. And when I get my camper and we're gone a lot, it will be great. I can even call and ask if XYZ has arrived yet, or things like that.
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:09 PM   #3
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What ever you do DO NOT have your mail forwarded anywhere. It took us a year to get everything stopped. There is mail we never received and other mail still forwarded 6 months after we stopped it!
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:44 PM   #4
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As an employee of the USPS, I would like to comment on this topic. USPS policy is we can only hold mail for 30 days, basically because most offices don't have the room to store mail for long periods of time. Keep in mind you are not the only person who travels or leaves their homes for extended periods of time. I have an average of 15 people on my route who are "snowbirds" (travel south for the winter) and there is no way I could just hold their mail for 6 months at my casing station, I would have no room to work! I have to admit that the above suggestion of a private mailbox is probably a good solution, because they will accept fed ex and ups parcels and hold them till you get back. When you are traveling around in a camper, there is no way the USPS can keep up with all the different addresses we would have to input into the change of address system to get your mail to you. If you traveling to one specific address for an extended length of time, then you can submit a Temporary change of address, which is good up to 6 months and does not change your current address with the mailers. If you submit a permanent change of address, your mailers will be informed of your new address. This is a common mistake with "snowbirds" because the distinction between the temporary and permanent is not explained well. Another suggestion is to have someone you trust pick up your mail on a regular basis, but I have found that even the most trustworthy will become compliant with leaving the mail in the box for extended periods of time. People who travel in campers really have the biggest delimma with their mail, and the above suggestion of a private mailbox is a good one.
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I have what the call a Ranch box at my house. We have a neighbor check it every couple of weeks if we are gone that long. Holds an amazing amount of stuff.

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Old 04-01-2016, 09:50 PM   #6
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We travel full-time as my wife is a travel nurse. We just d o temp address change as mentioned above. So far so good...ish..this is the federal government were dealing with..lol..
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Old 04-02-2016, 10:06 AM   #7
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Thanks Campingchick for your professional input. I certainly know it can be a problem with so many requesting "holds". I tried the temporary change of address. It just did not go smoothly.
Thanks for everyone's input.
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I fill out the hold mail form at my post office and just say "all mail" where it asks for names. I check "will pick up upon return" with no restart date. The mail is held for 30 days and when that time is getting close I go on line to the web site and request another 30 day extension with the same details as originally made. I haven't gone past 60 days but have never had an incident with my mail hold. As far as space at a post office to hold mail it is a post office responsibility if the hold mail requirements are met per the USPS guide lines. If the extended hold mail request is at a post office that cannot accommodate the request it should state that fact on their (USPS) web site and maybe it does.
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We have a friend pick up our mail every couple of days. Anything that she feels may need our attention, she texts a photo of and we tell her whether or not to open it and send us a photo text of the letter/bill. It has worked great and we always bring her a nice gift from someplace we traveled.
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As an employee of the USPS, I would like to comment on this topic. USPS policy is we can only hold mail for 30 days, basically because most offices don't have the room to store mail for long periods of time. Keep in mind you are not the only person who travels or leaves their homes for extended periods of time. I have an average of 15 people on my route who are "snowbirds" (travel south for the winter) and there is no way I could just hold their mail for 6 months at my casing station, I would have no room to work! I have to admit that the above suggestion of a private mailbox is probably a good solution, because they will accept fed ex and ups parcels and hold them till you get back. When you are traveling around in a camper, there is no way the USPS can keep up with all the different addresses we would have to input into the change of address system to get your mail to you. If you traveling to one specific address for an extended length of time, then you can submit a Temporary change of address, which is good up to 6 months and does not change your current address with the mailers. If you submit a permanent change of address, your mailers will be informed of your new address. This is a common mistake with "snowbirds" because the distinction between the temporary and permanent is not explained well. Another suggestion is to have someone you trust pick up your mail on a regular basis, but I have found that even the most trustworthy will become compliant with leaving the mail in the box for extended periods of time. People who travel in campers really have the biggest delimma with their mail, and the above suggestion of a private mailbox is a good one.
Have never had any problems with USPS holding my mail. Just go in ask them to stop mail, fill out the form with month I'm returning, don't know definite date but I'm in when I get home.
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